A man sits on the subway with his legs spread wide. His limbs are so fanned out, in fact, that they’re impinging on the personal space of those sat next to him. But the next moment a woman approaches with a bottle of clear liquid. Then, before anyone knows what’s happening, she dumps the concoction onto the man’s lap. And while the woman swiftly flees the scene, her point has been made: “manspreaders,” beware.
This incident – along with ones just like it – got featured in a September 2018 YouTube video from Anna Dovgalyuk. The Russian describes herself on Instagram as a beauty queen, student and social activist. And naturally it is this last quality that comes to the fore in the controversial vid.